Capital&Centric plan to transform Cannon Brewery in Sheffield

Capital&Centric's regeneration plans will turn a new chapter for Cannon Brewery after more than a quarter of a century of dereliction.

Pictured left to right: Richard Spackman, Oliver Coppard, Cllr Tom Hunt, Kate Josephs, and Tim Heatley at the Cannon Brewery site | Capital&Centric | Sheffield City Council | BTR News
Pictured left to right: Richard Spackman, Oliver Coppard, Cllr Tom Hunt, Kate Josephs, and Tim Heatley at the Cannon Brewery site.

Social impact developers Capital&Centric have announced that after completing the purchase of the former Cannon Brewery site in Neepsend, Sheffield, it is set to transform it into a new residential development.

Capital&Centric are working with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and Sheffield City Council on the plans. It follows the combined authority awarding a £11.67m grant to kick-start Cannon Brewery, with further Homes England funding also announced for other development sites in Neepsend.

Once home to Stones Brewery, the site – made up of two triangular plots bordered by Neepsend Lane and Boyland St – was the birthplace of the UK’s best-selling bitter before operations ceased in 1999.

“Cannon Brewery has stacks of potential and, by collaborating with the council and combined authority, we’re unlocking regeneration at a massive scale but in a considered way. There’s a real buzz about the future of Neepsend as the city’s next growth district, but everyone wants to see the neighbourhood designed in a way that Sheffield can be proud of. Sheffield is having a real moment and is successfully attracting more start-ups, investment and people that want to live here. We committed to securing about £200m of investment into regeneration sites in the city a few years ago and we’re making good on that vision, with a brownfield-first approach to growing the city and a pipeline of projects in the works. With the Cannon Brewery site now fully acquired, we’ll be getting going with surveys and investigations that will underpin the detailed plans we aim to submit to Sheffield City Council later this year.”

Richard Spackman, Development Director, Capital&Centric
The current exterior of Cannon Brewery | Capital&Centric | Sheffield City Council | BTR News
The current exterior of Cannon Brewery.

Initial remediation and site investigations will begin on site this spring. With an outline planning application submitted, work has also now started on a detailed designs for the district – set to feature over 500 rental homes, new workplaces and spaces for independent shops, delis and café-bars.

Capital&Centric’s outline application aims to set the initial parameters for the district, including the footprint of the new buildings, buildings to be retained, heights and access points. Whilst previous plans had proposed for all buildings at the site to be demolished, Capital&Centric is aiming to keep those that are feasible to retain and repurpose.

“The transformation of the former Cannon Brewery site is yet another exciting new development for Sheffield. We are working hard with our partners to drive up housebuilding and regenerate parts of our city. The combination of new homes, new workplaces, retail and leisure will help to turn Neepsend into a thriving new neighbourhood. Sheffield is a city on the up and this new development will further add to Sheffield’s appeal as a great place to live, work and enjoy yourself.”

Councillor Tom Hunt, Leader, Sheffield City Council
A current look inside Cannon Brewery | Capital&Centric | Sheffield City Council | BTR News
A current look inside Cannon Brewery.

Currently, the plan is set to retain some of the most interesting buildings from the former brewery, with a lush, urban park surrounding the existing water tower. A new public square will be created, surrounded by shops, cafes and spaces for pop-up events.

“Cannon Brewery, which takes its design cues from Neepsend’s historic identity, is an exciting opportunity to bring an under-developed brownfield site back to life. Through collaboration with Capital&Centric, we want to ensure that the plans being developed set a new high bar for regeneration across South Yorkshire.

“The ambition is not just for more and better homes, but for the whole development to attract investment, create spaces for new businesses to establish and further cement our well-deserved reputation as being a brilliant place to live. And I’m pleased to say we’re actively looking at other places across South Yorkshire where we can unlock more opportunities.”

Oliver Coppard, Mayor, South Yorkshire

The site purchase follows the push by Capital&Centric to attract approximately £200m of investment into Sheffield. The team have already delivered Eyewitness Works in the city’s Devonshire Quarter, with more projects on the horizon.